Faculty and Staff
Laura C. Hein, PhD, RN, FAAN
College of Nursing
College of Nursing
Dr. Hein is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Disparities in Underserved Populations, at the University of Illinois, Chicago, College of Nursing. She received her PhD and her MSN-FNP from Vanderbilt University. Her BA in psychology was completed at The University of Akron.
Dr. Hein teaches Nursing 226-Sociocultural Variations in Health and Illness; Nursing 700-Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing; and Nursing 801 – Theory Analysis in Nursing Science.
Research (Concept Areas)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Health Disparities
- Violence/ Victimization
Dr. Hein is a leading scholar on LGBT health in South Carolina, and is nationally and internationally recognized. She was the initiator and primary author of the only nursing White Paper denouncing reparative therapy, which was adopted as policy by the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN). She was the first recipient of the ISPN Diversity Award for contributions to LGBT health. In 2013 she received the Palmetto Gold Award from the SC Nurses Foundation for excellence in nursing, specifically for educating students about LGBT health. Her work has been cited within and outside of nursing. Dr. Hein was invited to the White House by HHS Secretary Sebelius, for a briefing of 150 LGBT leaders on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and returned in 2014 for a follow-up briefing.
Dr. Hein serves on the Advisory Board of the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center in Columbia and is the fifth nurse to ever serve on the Board of Directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality in its 34 year history. During her tenure, the board of GLMA submitted amicus briefs influencing appellate and U.S. Supreme Court decisions, regarding law and policy related to LGBT health.
Dr. Hein’s dissemination activities have included presentations at local, regional, national and international professional conferences as well as presentation of findings to collaborating agencies and community stakeholders. Dr. Hein’s work on the Board of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality has been inter-professional and collaborative. Our work on behalf of LGBT health promotion has influenced federal, state and administrative law.
American Academy of Nursing
LGBT Expert Panel (2014-present)
National League for Nursing – Diversity Strategic Action Group (2014)
International Society for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
Research Council Chairman (2010-2013)
Diversity and Equity Task Force, member
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Board of Directors (2012-present)
Education Committee, member (2009-present)
External Affairs Committee, member (2011-present)
ER practice as an RN and NP (levels I to III, rural/ urban, public and private).
Research Studies (Selected)
- Support groups and the sexual orientations - together or separate? The consumer perspective. Hein –PI. USC Office of the Provost – Clinical Incentive Grant - $14k. 4/12-5/13.
- Where Did you Sleep Last Night? - Survival Strategies of Female Homeless Adolescents. Hein - PI. Lesbian Health fund - $8k. 11/07-6/10.
- Transitions from Homelessness: LGBT Adolescents. NINR 1T32NR007964-01 -$2k. Hein - Study PI; Dancy - T32 PI. 4/07-7/07
- Survival Among Male Homeless Adolescents. Hein - PI. Sigma Theta Tau, Iota. $2k. 2005.
Brief of Amici Curiae. GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality and the
American Academy of Nursing Concerning the Immutability of Sexual Orientation in Support
of Petitioners. James Obergefell, et al., Petitioners v. Richard Hodges, Director,
Ohio Department of Health et al., No. Nos. 14-556, 14-562, 14-571 and 14-574 (United
States Supreme Court, 2015).
1 of 3 GLMA Board members who reviewed and updated the scientific background section of the brief (2 MD’s and
Dr. Hein). Additionally, 1 of 2 nurses on GLMA’s Board, both of whom are also in the American Academy of Nursing.
Actively lobbied for AAN to sign onto this brief. This is the first time the AAN has signed onto a brief in support of LGBT
Hein, L. C., & Scharer, K. M. (2015). A modern history of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 29, 49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2014.10.003.
Hein, L. C., & Levitt, N. (2014). Caring for transgender patients. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, 12(6), 28-36. doi:10.1097/01.NME.0000454745.49841.76.
Hein, L. C. (2014). Will Marriage Equality Make a Difference in the Health of LGBT Americans? Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10(6), 376-377. doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2014.03.010.
Frazier, B., Culley, J., Hein, L. C., Williams, A. & Tavakoli, A. (2014). Social Networking Policies in Nursing Education. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 32 (3), 110-117.
Hein, L. C. & Scharer, K. M. (2013). Who Cares If It's a Hate Crime? LGBT Hate Crimes - Mental Health Implications. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49(2), 84-93. Early View 12 Sept. 2012. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00354.x.
Damas, T., Hein, L.C., Powell, L. C., and Dundon, E. (2012). Child & Adolescent Sexual Development and Sexual Identity Issues. (E. Yearwood, G. Pearson, & J. Newland, Eds.) Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing (peer reviewed). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Chapter 5.
Hein, L. C. & Scharer, K. Who Cares If It’s a Hate Crime? LGBT Hate Crimes - Mental Health Implications. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. In Press. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00354.x
Hein, L. C. & Berger, K. C. Commentary. Gender Incongruence in Children: Let’s Think This Through Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. In Press.
Hein, L. C. (2011). Survival Strategies of Male Homeless Adolescents Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17(4), 274-282.First published on May 4, 2011 as doi:10.1177/1078390311407913
Hein, L. C. (2010). Where did you sleep last night? Homeless male adolescents: Gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual compared. [Electronic Version]. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 10, Article 9 from http://www.resourcenter.net/images/SNRS/Files/SOJNR_articles2/Vol10Num01Art09.pdf. Available February 17, 2010.
Hein, L. C. & Matthews, A. K. (2010). Reparative therapy: The adolescent, the psych nurse and the issues. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23(1), 29-35. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2009.00214.x [Accepted 5/18/08. In print Feb. 2010].
Hein, L. C., Powell, L., & The ISPN Diversity and Equity Committee. (2009). International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Position Statement on Reparative Therapy. Electronic Publication – ISPN. Available at: http://www.ispn-psych.org/docs/PS-ReparativeTherapy.pdf Accepted by ISPN Board of Directors 1/12/09.
Hein, L. C. (2014, Sept. 11). LGBT Hate Crimes in South Carolina. Contributed Oral Presentation. GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. Baltimore, MD.
Hein, L. C. & Scharer, K. (2014, March 29). The Composition of Support Groups in the LGBT Community – Input from Consumers. Contributed oral presentation. International Society of Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurses. Greenville, SC.
Tavakoli, A., Culley, J., Hein, L. C., Frazier, B. & Williams, A. (2013, October 20-23). Using SAS to Examine Social Networking Difference between Faculty and Students. Poster Presentation. SouthEast SAS Users Group Conference. St. Pete Beach, FL.
Hein, L. C. (2013, September 19). Support Groups in the LGBT community - What's the Best Make-up? The Consumer Perspective. Poster Presentation. 2013 Annual Conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Denver, CO.
Hein, L. C. (2013, April 19). Support Groups and the LGBT Sexual Orientations - Together or Separate? The Consumer Perspective. 2013 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) Conference. San Antonio, Texas.
Frazier, D. Culley, JM, & Hein, L. (2012, April 20). Nursing Education and Social Media Policies. Discovery day at the University of South Carolina. Columbia, SC.